Steve Smith to undergo elbow surgery, uncertainty over return to play

Former Australian Cricket team skipper Steven Smith will undergo surgery on his elbow to fix an elbow injury with less than three months to serve on his year-long suspension.

Test skipper Tim Paine this month urged Australia's public to give Smith and his deputy David Warner, who is also banned, a second chance, saying he hoped "they're welcomed back" into the national team, where their absence has left a big void.

However, it is still uncertain when Steven Smith and David Warner will return to global cricket, limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch said that both are welcomed in the team. "Return to play time frames will be clearer once the brace has been removed", icc-cricket.com quoted a statement from a Cricket Australia spokesperson.

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Cricket Australia on Saturday confirmed that the 28-year-old will undergo surgery on Tuesday next week for a damaged ligament in the elbow, which will require him to wear a brace for six weeks, before starting off his rehabilitation process.

According to reports in cricket.com.au, he will have to be in braces for six weeks which will be followed by extensive rehabilitation. Although it is too early to predict a return date for Smith, an immediate surgery would give him a few months' time ahead of the World Cup.

Smith and Warner have played Sydney grade cricket during their bans, as well as appeared in the Global T20 Canada and Caribbean Premier League. The reigning champions will announce their squad for the May 30-July 14 World Cup in England in Wales towards the end of April.

Vanessa Coleman

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